Voices is a new occasional series on Re/Collecting Chapel Hill featuring local people telling their own stories in their own voices.
When the Civil Rights Movement came to North Carolina, Betty Baldwin Geer was ready for it. She was raised in Chapel Hill with a strong sense of responsibility to her community, pride in herself, and dedication to do what’s right. These values were instilled by her parents and reinforced by her church, St. Joseph Christian Methodist Church, where Ms. Geer …
In this episode we dive into Chapel Hill’s musical history, starting with one of its most beloved artists, Elizabeth Cotten.
Lillie Perry Atwater
Lillie Perry Atwater started a lifetime of service when she was just in the ninth grade. After finishing her school day at Lincoln High School, the young Chapel Hillian would start her part-time job at Memorial Hospital. She graduated in 1958 and worked to put herself through nursing school, continuing a passion for community health that has lasted up to …
Imagine a future generation learning about that time in 2020 when the whole world shut down trying to slow the spread of a deadly virus. What should we tell them? What should we tell our future selves?
Message In a Bottle
Tell us your news. Share something that’s bringing you joy. We want to hear it all. Be a part of our audio record of this challenging and curious time.
What Comes Next
In August, 2018 student activists toppled UNC’s confederate monument, Silent Sam. In our final part of our 3-part series exploring the history of the statue, we dig into the question: what comes after Silent Sam? This episode was written and produced by Klaus Mayr, Molly Luby, and Danita Mason-Hogans. Editing by Klaus and Molly. Mixing by Ryan Chamberlain. With thanks …
In this episode, we share the story of James Cates. James was born and raised in Chapel Hill. In 1970, when he was just 22-years-old, he was murdered on UNC campus.
An Old Argument
What was the meaning of the American Civil War? And why are we still arguing over this some 150 years later? In this, the first of our 3-part series on Silent Sam, we explore the purpose of confederate monuments and their impact on the African American community in Chapel Hill.
Mayor of Franklin Street
Learn how two men devoted their lives to making our public spaces more open and accessbile for all of us…and how one man tried to stop such work from ever happening.
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